Fonte believes Southampton duo are amongst Premier League's best

Southampton were without key duo Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama last weekend.

Southampton captain Jose Fonte has told the club's official site that Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin are two of the best players in their position in the Premier League.

The Saints pair were ruled out for the South Coast side's victory against Newcastle United last weekend, making their success all the more impressive, and Fonte was keen not to forget how vital they are to the team. 

Wanyama and Schneiderlin have provided great protection to the Southampton defence, occupying the defensive midfield spots, and Fonte believes there are few better than them in the whole of England. 

“I think it’s fair to say we missed probably two of the best midfielders in the league (Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama),” Fonte said. 

Southampton beat Newcastle 2-1 this weekend thanks to a double from Eljero Elia and they are confirming their status as contenders for a top-four place this season. 

No matter what challenges are thrown at them, the Saints have always responded and they are putting together a hugely impressive campaign. 

It does, indeed, seem that Fonte was correct in his glowing appraisal of his two teammates too, when looking at the stats. 

  Headers won per gameInterception GAMETotal Tackle GAMEOutfielder Block GAMEPassing AccuracyTotal Pass GAMETotal Att Assist GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Morgan Schneiderlin 1.93 2.25 3.375 0.25 89.31% 63.75 0.625 16 1392
Victor Wanyama 1.84 1.31 3.05 0.10 85.12% 47.42 0.42 19 1378
Average Joe 0.80 1.09 1.71 0.17 83.85% 36.61 1.03 12.57 851.83

Schneiderlin and Wanyama have been stand-out Premier League players in a number of categories, with their totals in almost every area way above the average. 

Most noticeably, the duo have both averaged over three tackles a match, considerably better than the totals being posted by other Premier League midfielders, while they have also proven to be very technically proficient. 

With just 16 games to play, Southampton are currently three points inside the top four and, with key players returning from injury, their chances of losing form look limited. 

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